Spring macro went micro

daffodill with bright orange centre and text above reading 'Spring 2013 If you find it - record it'

Looking for seasonal flowers this year was difficult. This is a Jetfire type of daffodil. ©Paul Carroll

Its my fault. I posted some nice macro shots of snowdrops in February and committed myself to photographing a set of seasonal flowers throughout the year. A small project I thought would be no harder than waiting two or three weeks for daffodils and crocus. They are usually all around. Not this year. A late spring and the farmers around here can’t remember it being so late.

Finally I got a chance to take my daffodil shot last weekend with some spring like evening sunshine. Finding a good specimen was a challenge, which is a critical element in macro shots of flowers. They were all weathered and looked like they just want to go back to their bulbs for next year.

Using a macro lens ( this was a SIGMA 105mm) plus a wide aperture means the depth of field is going to be very small and whilst getting the background blur I wanted the very front petal is just sliding out of focus.

I decided that as I still like the shot it is a chance to point out that it is sometimes useful to create an image with space to write headlines or text. If you have a magazine or newsletter in mind this is an important consideration in composition. As well as bracketing exposure you can also bracket composition and if you know its a strong image take a portrait, landscape and one with headroom for editorial text. Perhaps someone wants to write an article about the late spring or climate change.

Here is a February Gold except it is April and its looking a bit sorry about that.

A daffodil with large central trumpet

Daffodil called a February Gold ©Paul Carroll

About photographicviewscotland

Photographers of Scotland's landscape and remote places and arts and craft makers. Mhairi is also making needle felted animals under the name of the Woof in the Wool. We live in Abernethy in Perthshire, Scotland.
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